Belfast Telegraph

Wall collapse sparks blast fears

A wall has collapsed in the basement of a cafe on one of Ireland`s busiest streets, sparking fears of a gas explosion.

Checks were carried out in the Kylemore cafe on Dublin's O'Connell Street for several hours amid fears the structural accident was an explosion.

Bord Gais experts examined pipes before deciding the incident was not gas related.

"There is no evidence of a gas leak at the site and there have been no reports of gas leaking in the vicinity," a spokeswoman for the company said.

"However, it now appears that there was no explosion and the incident was in fact the collapse of a basement wall."

The basement was badly damaged by the accident but no-one was injured.

A Garda spokesman said both sides of O`Connell Street were shut after the lunchtime incident.

Bord Gais Networks said it was alerted to reports of an incident at the well-known Kylemore cafe at 12.24pm. Emergency services had called in inspectors from the company.

The northbound lane of O'Connell Street was reopened within half an hour of the accident.

A spokeswoman said fitters on site carried out tests to the service pipe and supply and found they had been functioning normally.

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